Monthly Archives: October 2020

October 23

Reflection One area where we probably often have the chance to be aware of our duplicity is in our speech. We talk so much. How much of what we say do we mean? How much of what we mean do we say? How much does what we say really mean? Suppose one undertook the discipline, well known in monastic tradition,

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October 22

Reflection Every day we make innumerable decisions some by habit; others which require more deliberate thought.  Some have more significant consequences than others. We enjoy the freedom of making our own decisions. There are many people who are not free to make decisions about their existence.  Some are prisoners, some are in relationships that curtail freedom, some are limited by

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October 21

Reflection The challenges facing Earth require the human community to develop new ways of seeing, thinking and interacting with the larger web of life. Our existence, survival, and well-being depend on the life-support systems of our planet. The wonders of earth, sky and sea and the diversity of life forms delight our senses and stimulate our imaginations. Yet, we know

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October 20

 Reflection A few years ago, there was a resurgence in interest and belief in angels with many books being published about the place of angels in our lives, some even on the New York Times best-seller list. Perhaps the greatest benefit was that it made us stop and think about the “angels” in our daily lives – family, friends, colleagues,

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October 19

Reflection Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve. Mark 10:45-46 These words of Jesus are not in seen any campaign ads. Rather, most politicians seem to be seeking power

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October 18

Reflection  “Give therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”  Matthew 22:15-21 Our first reaction to the gospel lesson today might lead us to want to cheer and say, “Yeah, for Jesus.” He saw right through the trap that was being set for him and sent his enemies away in humiliation and

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October 17

Reflection In every life there is a crossover moment after which a person will never be the same again. Somewhere, somehow the challenge comes that sets us on a different path. The path of purpose. The path of integrity. The path of transcendence that lifts us—heart, mind and soul—above the pitiable level of the mundane. It is the moment at

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October 16

Reflection Once in a while we pause and seriously reflect on our lives. Meditative and removed from our usual preoccupations we see ourselves as moving through a stream of days and years that have brought us to now. Who we are born evolved from an amazing inter action of hereditary threads. Who we are presently has evolved from a seamless

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October 15

 Reflection Today, the Sisters of St. Joseph celebrate the anniversary of their formal foundation in 1650. We remember the courage and creativity of those first sisters, who in a society where women were not expected to be either pioneers or innovators managed to become both.  The spirit that energized their action was a conviction that all are one in God’s

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October 14

Reflection How much of the turmoil seething all around us comes from masks put on to hide deep-seated fears—fear of losing control, fear of being discounted or abandoned, fear of difference, fear of not enough to go around, fear of change, fear of death? The insistent, brash voices that would stir up our fears, playing on our insecurities; and the

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